Graduate Resources


Graduate Division requirements, policies, and forms can be viewed at


University Health Services offers a number of resources to help you get well and stay healthy, including healthy eating tips, drug and alcohol counseling, violence prevention, sexual health counseling and  and general health coaching.

The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at UC Berkeley. They offer a wide range of services for students with disabilities. These services are individually designed, and based on the specific needs of each student as identified by their Disability Specialists.

Are you stressed out?
The Tang Center offers many resources, including free counseling for students, faculty and staff, and help dealing with your stress through UC Berkeley’s Be Well To Do Well program.


Graduate Assembly:

The mission of the Graduate Assembly is to improve the lives of University of California, Berkeley graduate students and to foster a vibrant, inclusive graduate student community.

MSE Graduate Student Council:

The official graduate student organization for MSE

Engineering Research Support Organization (ERSO):

GSR and GSI hiring, reimbursements.

Division of Equity and Inclusion:

The Division of Equity and Inclusion provides leadership and accountability to resolve systemic inequities for all members of UC Berkeley through engaged research, teaching, and public service, and by expanding pathways for access and success and promoting a healthy and engaging campus climate

Support for Student Parents:

Resources for students parents including grants; child birth accomidation policies; child care reimbursements

Student’s Ombuds Office:

Want to discuss a confidential issue, or get impartial advice on a complex situation? The Student’s Ombuds Office is available to talk to students and help them resolve problems.

Survivor Support:

UC Berkeley is dedicated to preventing and addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies.

Information for New MSE Graduate Students

  1. Check out Graduate Division’s A Guide for New Graduate Students: Where to Begin for new entering students.
  2. Get a Desk: a student committee governs seating in the Graduate Student Bay.  The Graduate Student Bay is located in rooms 330 and 450 HMMB.  Once you have selected a graduate research supervisor, please see your group representative for available seating at the Student Bay.
  3. Get Building and Lab Access:  Keys to all MSE laboratories in HMMB and the HMMB building require authorization by both the research supervisor, and the group safety committee representative. Card keys are built into the student photo ID cards. Metal keys require a deposit (cash only). Keys and card key permissions can be obtained from Jennifer Teverbaugh during her office hours.
  4. Know where to Make Xerox copies:  There is a copy machine located in the Department Office, 210E HMMB, that can be used for making copies in connection with the student’s research work. You must have the permission of your research supervisor to use their auditron (an auditing key to enable the copy machine) for this purpose.
  5. Know Where Your Mail Will be Delivered: All MSE graduate students have mailbox space in the Department Office, 210 HMMB, for graduate work related purposes.  Be sure to stop by the office periodically, to check for mail. Please note that it is not possible to provide individual mailboxes for students, so mail for several students are in the same mailbox (alphabetically by first letter of last name). Please be advised that University regulations prohibit the use of the University’s address for personal mail. Any personal mail, including bank statements, drivers’ licenses, etc. sent to the university address will be returned to the sender.
  6. Keep the graduate student affairs officer in the Main MSE Office informed: When you select your research supervisor, or have any changes to your address, phone or email, please be sure to let them know, so they can update the database.

Graduate Student Instructors/Readers

Openings for positions as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Reader are announced before the beginning of each semester.

If interested, complete the Online Application (which requires a CalNet ID)

Applicants must meet all Graduate Division requirements for the appointment including being a registered graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and no more than two incompletes. Please review additional details for GSI appointments. For general information on Berkeley campus GSI guidelines, resources and support visit the Graduate Division’s Teaching and Resource Center website.

If you are currently appointed a GSR, you must receive prior approval from your Faculty Research Advisor to apply for a GSI position.

Testing Policy for non-English Speakers:
All students who are not native speakers of English must pass a test of their proficiency in spoken English before they can hold GSI positions. This policy applies to all prospective GSIs, whatever their citizenship and residency status, and whatever subject they will be teaching.

External Funding Opportunities

We encourage applicants to apply for fellowships from sources other than UC Berkeley. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are particularly encouraged to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) fellowships. Information and forms can also be found at university career offices. In addition, some corporations award fellowships to their employees. Many governments also award fellowships for overseas study.

In addition, U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply for the many external fellowships for which they are eligible:

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowships

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowships

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowships

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Graduate Fellowship Program

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

For Women and Minorities:
National Physical Science Consortium Fellowships

For Women:
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation

For Minorities:
GEM Fellowship Program

Ford Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

For Canadians:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS)

Outstanding international applicants will be considered for the prestigious Berkeley Fellowship and for International House Fellowships.

Contact Us

Department offices are located in 210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, in the Northeast corner of campus.


Department of Materials Science and Engineering
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760

Phone: (510) 642-3801
Fax: (510) 643-5792